Legends: Edita Gruberova

With a career that lasted over half a century, Edita Gruberová is not only remembered for her unique, brilliant and agile voice with a soft sound, but also for her deep expression, for her ability to give meaning to every single note. It is said that “The greatest singers always have an unmistakable timbre and you can recognize them after just two notes. With Edita, I only need to hear half a note before I know who it is”. 

 Edita Gruberova was born on the 23rd of December 1946 in a suburb of Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, named Rača. That was the place where she spent her childhood and where she began her musical studies. She first attended the Bratislava Conservatory and continued her studies at the city’s Academy of Performing Arts. Mária Medvecká not only influenced Edita’s development and laid her musical foundation, but she also arranged for an audition for her at the Wiener Staatsoper in the summer of 1969.  The director  was so impressed with her voice, that he walked on the stage and offered her a contract immediately after that. 

 Even though Edita’s official debut was at the National Theatre of Bratislava with Rosina in Il Barbiere di Seviglia, her breakthrough was in 1970 at the Vienna State Opera performing Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. This Opera House was filled with her sparkling sounds during over 700 performances, including her farewell concert in 2018. Mozart’s Queen of the Night was also her acclaimed debut role at the Glyndebourne Festival in England in 1973, as well as at the Metropolitan Opera New York in 1977. 

Read the entire interview here, in the 7th/2021 issue of OPERA Charm Magazine.

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